Alan Minter

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Alan Minter
Statistics
Real name Alan Minter
Nickname(s) Boom Boom
Rated at Middleweight
Nationality English
Born (1951-08-17) 17 August 1951 (age 63)
Crawley, England
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 49
Wins 39
Wins by KO 23
Losses 9
Draws 0
No contests 1

Alan Minter (born 17 August 1951) is an English former professional boxer and a former World Middleweight Champion.

Amateur career[edit]

Minter was the 1971 Amateur Boxing Association of England Middleweight Champion. He won the bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Minter began his professional career in London on 31 October 1972 by knocking out Maurice Thomas in six rounds.

Olympic results[edit]

Pro career[edit]

Minter won five fights in a row by knockout and, in 1973, Pat Dwyer became the first boxer to go the distance with him, over eight rounds in London. Minter won his next five fights, three by knockout, before tasting defeat for the first time after the referee stopped the fight in the eighth round to "Scottish" Don McMillan due to bad cuts suffered by Minter. Two more wins followed before facing Jan Magziarz, who beat him twice in a row (once in the eighth and once in the sixth) again due to cuts.

1974 was a mixed year for Minter, beating Tony Byrne by a decision in eight, losing in two to Ricky Torres (again on cuts), having a third fight with Magziarz result in a no contest in four rounds and closing the year with a win in eight rounds by decision in his first international fight, against Shako Mamba in Hamburg, Germany.

In 1975, he won four fights in a row, including another bout in Hamburg and, by the end of the year, he challenged Kevin Finnegan for the British Middleweight title, winning it by a 15 round decision. In 1976 he won six fights, to extend his streak to ten consecutive wins. Among the boxers he beat were Billy Knight by a knockout in two and Finnegan once again, by decision in 15, both in defense of his British title, along with former world title challenger Tony Licata, knocked out in six and American Olympic Games Gold medal winner Sugar Ray Seales, beaten in five. These wins gave Minter a ranking among the top ten Middleweight challengers.

In 1977, he won the European Middleweight title by beating Germano Valsecchi by a knockout in five in Italy. But in his next fight his winning streak ended when he lost to former world title challenger Ronnie Harris by a knockout in eight. Minter returned to top ten challenger status by upsetting the former World Welterweight and Light Middleweight Champion Emile Griffith with a ten round decision win in Monte Carlo, but then he lost his European title to Gratien Tonna by a knockout in eight at Milan. He closed '77 with a third 15 round decision win over Finnegan to retain his British title.

1978 was a sad year for Minter, although he won all three of his bouts. On 15 February, at the Muhammad AliLeon Spinks I undercard in Las Vegas, Nevada, he won his first bout in the United States by knocking out Sandy Torres in five. Then, he went to Italy once again to regain his European Middleweight title by knocking out Angelo Jacopucci in twelve rounds. Jacopucci died a few days afterwards, due to injuries sustained in the bout. Minter finished his year by avenging his loss to Tonna with a six round knockout.

In 1979, Minter won all four of his fights, two of them by knockout. On 16 March 1980, in Las Vegas, he was given a shot at World Middleweight Champion Vito Antuofermo's title at the Caesars Palace. He won the title by a 15 round decision and, in a rematch, he retained the world title by a TKO in eight rounds. Minter's run as world champion came to an end on 27 September of that year, when he was stopped on cuts in three rounds to Marvin Hagler at Wembley Arena in London. After the fight was stopped, Minter's supporters caused a riot, throwing beer cans into the ring and both boxers had to be ushered away by the police. Prior to the fight, at a rally staged by the National Front, Minter had declared, "No black man is going to take my title."[1][2]

Minter beat fringe contender Ernie Singletary in London, in 1981, but after losses to future Hagler challengers Mustafa Hamsho in Las Vegas and Tony Sibson in London, he retired for good.

He left boxing with a record of 39 wins, 9 losses and 1 no contest, with 23 wins by knockout.

Professional boxing record[edit]

39 Wins (23 knockouts, 16 decisions), 9 Losses (8 knockouts, 1 decision), 1 No Contest [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 42-3-1 United Kingdom Tony Sibson TKO 3 15/09/1981 England Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom EBU Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:59 of the third round.
Loss 31-1-2 Syria Mustafa Hamsho SD 10 06/06/1981 Nevada Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 93-97, 93-97, 96-94.
Win 24-1 United States Ernie Singletary PTS 10 17/03/1981 England Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom 100-95.5.
Loss 49-2-2 United States Marvin Hagler TKO 3 27/09/1980 England Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom WBA/WBC World Middleweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 1:45 of the third round.
Win 45-4-2 Italy Vito Antuofermo TKO 8 28/06/1980 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom WBA/WBC World Middleweight Titles.
Win 45-3-2 Italy Vito Antuofermo SD 15 16/03/1980 Nevada Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBA/WBC World Middleweight Titles. 144-141, 149-137, 143-145.
Win 24-4 United States Doug Demmings PTS 10 23/10/1979 England Wembley Conference Centre, Wembley, London, United Kingdom 100-95.
Win 35-8 New Zealand Monty Betham TKO 2 26/06/1979 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:05 of the second round.
Win 38-13-1 Chile Renato Garcia TKO 9 01/05/1979 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 35-9-1 United States Rudy Robles PTS 10 06/02/1979 England Wembley Conference Centre, Wembley, London, United Kingdom 100-95.
Win 43-6 France Gratien Tonna TKO 6 07/11/1978 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom EBU Middleweight Title.
Win 33-2 Italy Angelo Jacopucci KO 12 19/07/1978 Italy Bellaria Municipal Stadium, Bellaria, Italy EBU Middleweight Title. Jacopucci died after the fight from injuries sustained. Ringside doctor was found guilty of manslaughter.
Win 25-8-4 Puerto Rico Sandy Torres KO 5 15/02/1978 Nevada Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Torres knocked out at 1:57 of the fifth round.
Win 31-5 United Kingdom Kevin Finnegan PTS 15 08/11/1977 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Middleweight Title. 144-143.
Loss 42-5 France Gratien Tonna TKO 8 21/09/1977 Italy Palazzo Dello Sport, Milan, Italy EBU Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:10 of the eighth round.
Win 85-23-2 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith PTS 10 30/07/1977 Monaco Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Loss 23-0 United States Ronnie "Mazel" Harris TKO 8 12/04/1977 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the eighth round.
Win 40-5-1 Italy Germano Valsecchi KO 5 04/02/1977 Italy Palazzo Dello Sport, Milan, Italy EBU Middleweight Title.
Win 31-2-1 United States Sugar Ray Seales TKO 5 07/12/1976 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 54-4-3 United States Tony Licata TKO 6 09/11/1976 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:30 of the sixth round.
Win 27-4 United Kingdom Kevin Finnegan PTS 15 14/09/1976 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Middleweight Title.
Win 25-6-3 Germany Frank Reiche TKO 8 24/05/1976 Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
Win 14-1 United Kingdom Billy "White" Knight TKO 2 27/04/1976 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Middleweight Title.
Win 17-7-6 United Kingdom Trevor "Saint" Francis TKO 8 20/01/1976 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 24-3 United Kingdom Kevin Finnegan PTS 15 04/11/1975 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Middleweight Title.
Win 6-1-1 Germany Peter Wulf KO 6 30/05/1975 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win 16-1-1 United Kingdom Larry "Apostle" Paul PTS 10 25/03/1975 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom 98.5-98.
Win 6-2 United Kingdom Tony "The Tiger" Allen PTS 8 10/02/1975 England Hilton Hotel, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom 79.5-77.
Win 10-2-1 Scotland "Scottish" Henry Cooper KO 1 20/01/1975 England Hilton Hotel, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 11-2-1 Luxembourg Shako Mamba PTS 8 30/11/1974 Germany Munich, Germany
No Contest 10-2-1 United Kingdom Jan Magdziarz NC 4 29/10/1974 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom Double disqualification for non effort.
Loss 23-24-2 Puerto Rico Ricky "Atlas" Ortiz TKO 2 21/05/1974 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 4-1 United Kingdom "English" Tony Byrne PTS 8 26/03/1974 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Loss 8-0-1 United Kingdom Jan Magdziarz TKO 6 11/12/1973 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Loss 7-0-1 United Kingdom Jan Magdziarz TKO 8 30/10/1973 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 10-19-1 United States Ernie Burns TKO 5 02/10/1973 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 3-0 Venezuela Octavio Romero PTS 8 10/09/1973 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom 80-77.5.
Loss 28-17-5 Scotland "Scottish" Don McMillan TKO 8 05/06/1973 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 0:45 of the eighth round.
Win 11-0-1 United States George Aidoo TKO 5 09/05/1973 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 19-12-3 Northern Ireland Frank "Forever" Young PTS 8 27/03/1973 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom 40-39.
Win 39-32-6 United Kingdom Harry Scott PTS 8 13/03/1973 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom 39.75-39.
Win 3-7-3 United States Gabe Bowens TKO 7 20/02/1973 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 8-6-2 United Kingdom Pat Brogan TKO 7 30/01/1973 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 34-9-2 United Kingdom Pat "O" Dwyer PTS 8 16/01/1973 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom 40-38.5.
Win 10-7-1 Wales Mike "Lawman" McCluskie KO 5 08/01/1973 England Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 20-12-4 United Kingdom Ronnie Hough TKO 5 11/12/1972 England Hilton Hotel, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 12-9-4 Austria Anton Schnedl TKO 7 05/12/1972 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 7-5-1 United Kingdom John "Dean" Lowe TKO 3 14/11/1972 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 15-15-4 United Kingdom Maurice Thomas TKO 6 31/10/1972 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Life after boxing[edit]

Currently he resides in Littlehampton, England and tours the UK in autograph and lecture shows, alongside Jim Watt, another world boxing champion.

His son, Ross "The Boss" Minter, also competes in the welterweight division and is the current English and British (Southern Area) Welterweight Champion. His record stands at 17 wins (8 KO), 2 loss and 1 draw.

During the Lennox Lewis vs. Frank Bruno fight in October 1993, a beer can was thrown from the crowd, striking Alan Minter, much to the astonishment of the watching BBC commentators.

In a humorous moment on BBC's long-running quiz show A Question of Sport, Emlyn Hughes incorrectly identified Alan Minter as the sportsman disguised in the 'Mystery Guest' round. In fact, it was Sue Barker.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steven Pye (3 October 2013). "Remembering Alan Minter v Marvin Hagler: one of boxing's lowest moments". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.thesweetscience.com/article-archive/2006/4729-look-back-in-anger-hagler-minter-wembley-arena-london-sept-27-1980

External links[edit]

Regional titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Bunny Sterling
British Middleweight Champion
4 November 1975 - 14 September 1976
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kevin Finnegan
Preceded by
Germano Valsecchi
EBU Middleweight Champion
4 February 1977 - 21 September 1977
Succeeded by
Gratien Tonna
Achievements
Preceded by
Vito Antuofermo
World Middleweight Champion
16 March 1980 - 27 August 1980
Succeeded by
Marvin Hagler